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With Few Words, But Many Movies, Alan Ladd Jr. Finally Speaks In His Daughter’s Doc

"If you'd talk a little, I wouldn't have to talk so much!" Amanda Ladd Jones tells her father, the long-time film executive and producer Alan Ladd Jr., early in her documentary tribute, Laddie: The Man Behind The Movies. I know how she feels. Ladd, now 80 years old, was famous not just for his taste and tenacity—films like Star Wars, Braveheart, and Blade Runner might not have happened without him—but also for a personal reticence that sometimes approached dead silence…
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James Cameron Needs to Sit Down and Take a Lesson From 1 of the Most Iconic Films Made For Women

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Now that James Cameron has mansplained to all of us why his concept of a female heroine is better than Wonder Woman, I'd like to return the favor and womansplain something to him: the best way to tell stories about people unlike yourself may be to realize what you don't know and listen to people who do. That's one reason why Wonder Woman, with its female director and star, spoke to a massive female audience, and that's also how it played out in the making of one of Hollywood's most iconic films starring women up to now, Thelma & Louise. Written by a woman, first-time screenwriter Callie Khouri, and starring two women, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise created the sensation it did back in 1991 because it was so clearly a story that emerged straight from the heart of an actual female, addressing issues that drive females crazy in their actual lives.
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Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer Wanted to Be Thelma & Louise: Biggest Secrets Behind the Trailblazing Classic

Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer Wanted to Be Thelma & Louise: Biggest Secrets Behind the Trailblazing Classic
A new book about the acclaimed 1991 film Thelma & Louise offers proof that fans weren’t the only ones in awe of its trailblazing characters.

Off The Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge, by Becky Aikman, chronicles how Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer were slated for the lead roles, but had to turn them down after production was delayed. Once the news was out, Hollywood’s top actresses jockeyed for the plum roles.

“It seemed as if every agent who represented anyone with a vagina and a pulse besieged Pathé and Ridley company for a shot,
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Death Line aka Raw Meat

This early gore-horror picture has a remarkable emphasis on human values, believe it or not, with a ‘monster’ that nevertheless is a paragon of loving gentleness. Add Donald Pleasance as a surly, posh-hating police inspector, and the shock value makes the Hammer films of the early ’70s taste like weak tea.

Death Line

Blu-ray + DVD

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1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 87 min. / aka Raw Meat / Street Date June 27, 2017 / 39.98

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney, Hugh Armstrong, June Turner, Christopher Lee.

Cinematography: Alex Thomson

Art Direction: Dennis Gordon-Orr

Film Editor: Geoffrey Foot

Original Music: Jeremy Rose, Malone Wil

Written by Ceri Jones from a story by Gary Sherman

Produced by Paul Maslansky

Directed by Gary Sherman

In 1972, making a horror film was a safe way to start a career: almost anything screen-able could get a release, and if your show had enough shock value, it might even get positive critical attention.
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Raw Meat aka Death Line 2K Restoration Coming to Theaters This Summer, New Promo Video Released

Next stop, cannibalism! The subway tunnels below London are home to flesh-eating horrors in Death Line, aka Raw Meat. With their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the 1972 movie hitting shelves on June 27th, Blue Underground is taking the cult horror film on the road this summer to screen the 2K restoration in select theaters.

The Death Line 2K restoration is currently scheduled to screen in five locations this summer, with four of the screenings including a live Q&A with director Gary Sherman. We have the official theatrical tour dates that have been announced thus far, and you can get a tease of what to expect from the Collector's Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack in the new promo video below.

Scheduled theatrical screenings for the Death Line 2K restoration:

"6/02: Coolidge Corner Theatre w/Director Gary Sherman Q&A (Brookline, Ma)

6/20: Nitehawk Cinema w/Director Gary Sherman Q&A (Brooklyn,
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Bringing Star Wars to the Screen: Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1977.

Directed by George Lucas.

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness.

Synopsis:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… young farm boy Luke Skywalker becomes embroiled in a civil war between the heroic Rebellion and evil Galactic Empire. Setting off from his home-world, Luke must rescue a captured princess and learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi if he is to aid the Rebellion in destroying the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.

During the production of his debut movie Thx-1138 (1971), young director George Lucas had expressed considerable interested in adapting the adventures of Flash Gordon for the big screen but, after being unable to acquire the rights to the character, Lucas soon set about developing his own space adventure reminiscent of the science-fiction movie serials he had watched as a child.
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Flashback: George Lucas Talks Origins of ‘Star Wars’ and Expanding ‘A New Hope’ Into a Trilogy

Flashback: George Lucas Talks Origins of ‘Star Wars’ and Expanding ‘A New Hope’ Into a Trilogy
May the Fourth be with you!

Since Disney bought LucasFilm in 2012, excitement around May 4 has been tied to new additions to the Star Wars universe. (This is the third consecutive year that a new film in the franchise has been released.) But there is an even more festive reason to hug the nearest Wookie this “Star Wars Day,” aka “May the Fourth:” the fast approaching 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

Last month, at the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, George Lucas dropped by the commemoration to discuss Episode IV, as well as pay tribute to the passing of our princess general, Carrie Fisher. In his reflection on the movie, Lucas summarized his original intention for the now-iconic film.

More: First Trailer for 'Star Wars - The Last Jedi' Is Here!

“The idea was simply to do the high-adventure film that I loved when I was a kid with meaningful psychological themes,” said [link=tt
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What Might Have Been: A History of Failed Alien Sequels

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The Alien franchise has an interesting history not just because of the films that hit the big screen, but also because of the ones that did not. This is a look at some of the Alien films that came close to getting a greenlight, but were never made.

During the movie production process, it is not uncommon for a film to undergo several major changes in concept before becoming fully realized. The Alien franchise is one franchise that has seen its fair share of changes along the way. However, it is also unique due to the shear volume of potential films that have hit the drawing board but never progressed. Part of the reason for this is due to the fact that the Alien franchise has run into many different problems along the way. For one, it is a rare franchise with a multitude of different filmmakers and producers involved
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Raw Meat aka Death Line Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD Release Date & Special Features

Next stop, cannibalism! The subway tunnels below London are home to flesh-eating horrors in Death Line, aka Raw Meat, and Blue Underground has revealed the release date and special features for their Blu-ray / DVD 2K Collector's Edition restoration of the 1972 horror film starring Donald Pleasence.

Blue Underground will release their Collector's Edition Blu-ray / DVD of Death Line on June 27th with an audio commentary, interviews, and a collectable booklet.

From Blue Underground: "When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence of Halloween) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets for fresh victims…
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Mick Jackson interview: Denial, The Bodyguard, Donald Trump

Simon Brew Jan 27, 2017

Director Mick Jackson on Denial, Donald Trump, directing films, and how he followed The Bodyguard...

Mick Jackson has lived through several chapters of his directorial career. His background was television, in particular the stunning Threads, and his classy adaptation of Chris MullinsA Very British Coup. Then he went to Hollywood, directing the likes of L.A. Story, The Bodyguard and Volcano.

He’s been away from cinema for a while, courtesy of some intriguing television projects. But he returns to the big screen this weekend with Denial, a classy courtroom drama that brings the story of Holocaust denier David Irving’s infamous libel action to the cinema. We snagged a chat with him ahead of its release, with the promise of further conversation about his 90s output at a later date too.

Can you talk us through this particular film, and why you wanted to bring it to the big screen?
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'Braveheart' Producer -- Files for Divorce From Bill Cosby Accuser

  • TMZ
Oscar-winning producer and entertainment exec Alan Ladd Jr., who’s backed films like “Braveheart” and “Chariots of Fire,” is ending his nearly 30-year marriage. If the name Cindra Ladd sounds familiar, it’s because she’s one of many women who have come forward and accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Cindra had been working for film producer Ray Stark in NY when she met Cosby in '69 and claims he drugged and raped her.
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Alan Ladd Jr. Documentary Proves There’s Life Beyond the Original ‘Star Wars’

When Alan Ladd Jr. was president of 20th Century Fox Pictures in the 1970s, he greenlit “Star Wars” and “Alien.”

That alone ensures him a place in Hollywood history. But his career also includes a third sci-fi classic — “Blade Runner” — as well as “The Omen,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Braveheart,” “Chariots of Fire,” and other cinema biggies through 2007’s “Gone Baby Gone.”

The executive is now the subject of a documentary, “It’s Always About the Story: Conversations With Alan Ladd Jr.,” which screens Aug. 13 at the Marina del Rey Festival before it continues on the festival circuit. The doc is one of four films (so far) in the Film History Preservation Project. It’s the brainchild of director-producer Stanley Isaacs, who is planning more such docs, to bring wider recognition to Hollywood’s unsung heroes: film producers.

Film buffs know stars and directors, but rarely know producers or executives like Ladd,
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‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at 40: The Rocky Road to Its Socko Success

‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at 40: The Rocky Road to Its Socko Success
The Rocky Horror Picture Show” didn’t invent midnight screenings, but the Tim Curry/Susan Sarandon-starring musical turned the phenomenon into an art form.

The film celebrates its 40th anniversary this week. It opened Sept. 26, 1975, advertised with the iconic poster of a lipsticked mouth with the tagline “A different set of jaws” — a reference to Steven Spielberg’s shark movie, which had opened three months earlier.

Execs at 20th Century Fox knew they had an unusual film which would require a different approach to marketing. Before the film’s U.S. premiere at Los Angeles’ UA Westwood theater, Fox hired a promotion company to distribute flyers to people in line at other films, concerts and clubs, at beaches “and other spots where youth gathers,” said a Daily Variety story at the time. The company handed out 100,000 flyers in the eight weeks before the film opened, which included postage-paid envelopes
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First Toronto Film Festival in 1976 Blasted Hollywood ‘Arrogance and Stupidity’

First Toronto Film Festival in 1976 Blasted Hollywood ‘Arrogance and Stupidity’
Hollywood executives will be descending en masse beginning Thursday on the Toronto Film Festival — which is 180 degrees from the first festival in 1976, when U.S. distributors snubbed the event.

Canadian Secretary of State John Roberts (who also was the minister of culture) had invited Hollywood execs to attend the first fest and talk about possible joint ventures with local filmmakers. Fest director Bill Marshall said the seven Hollywood studio chiefs assured him they would attend, but then ignored the event. So the fest featured a “panel session” with seven empty chairs on the stage and name tags indicated the missing septet: David Picker (Paramount), Ron Miller (Disney), David Begelman (Columbia), Frank Wells (Warner Bros.) Ned Tannen (Universal), Alan Ladd Jr. (Fox) and Mike Medavoy (United Artists).

“I am amazed at their combination of arrogance and stupidity,” Marshall told the audience who showed up.

The studios shrugged it off, telling Toronto
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The story behind 'The Omen's' chilling final shot

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The story behind 'The Omen's' chilling final shot
Here's the thing about "The Omen": it's probably not as good as you remember. There are a few truly scary moments -- remember the nanny scene? -- but in the realm of '70s horror films it's a "B" at best. Nevertheless, the film is generally considered a horror classic and holds massive brand appeal, a fact that A&E will be exploiting with their newly-announced ten-episode series "Damien," which will star Bradley James as the now-adult title character as he comes to terms "with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist." Also set to star is the truly terrifying Barbara Hershey as Ann Rutledge, "the world's most powerful woman who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny." So, herself. Good luck with this, I guess! I can't imagine people won't watch. That said, nothing in the series will come close to the impact
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Bill Cosby’s Latest Accuser Adds Credibility to Drug, Rape Charges

Bill Cosby’s stone wall of denials has crumbled even more following the latest woman to accuse him of drugging and raping her. Cindra Ladd related her tale this week and mirrored allegations made by nearly 30 other women. Ladd is a former film industry executive and wife of producer Alan Ladd Jr., who has no ulterior motive for coming forward, except to tell the truth. ...Read More
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Cindra Ladd, Former Hollywood Executive, Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault in Shocking Personal Essay

And there's more. Former Hollywood executive Cindra Ladd, the wife of Oscar-winning producer and former MGM Chair Alan Ladd Jr., is the latest woman to come forward and accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Ladd wrote about her alleged experience in a detailed essay published Monday, Jan. 26, on The Huffington Post, claiming that the incident occurred in the '60s. Ladd — whose husband has produced films like Blade Runner, Braveheart, and Chariots of Fire — has a very similar story to the dozens of women who [...]
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Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations Continue: Former Hollywood Executive Says Comedian Took Advantage of Her 36 Years Ago

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations Continue: Former Hollywood Executive Says Comedian Took Advantage of Her 36 Years Ago
More sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby have surfaced. Former Hollywood executive Cindra Ladd, the wife of Oscar-winning producer and former MGM Chair Alan Ladd Jr., is the latest woman to come forward against the star after opening up about one specific night she spent with the comedian 36 years ago in a personal essay published on The Huffington Post earlier today. "In 1969 I met Bill Cosby while working in New York for the late film producer Ray Stark," Ladd began in the piece. "I was a 21-year-old single woman in the world's most exciting city. He was a 32-year-old internationally known comedian and television star, one of the most likeable and popular entertainers in the business. He...
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Former Hollywood Exec Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

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Former Hollywood Exec Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault
Bill Cosby's list of alleged victims continues to grow. Cindra Ladd, a former entertainment executive and wife of Hollywood producer Alan Ladd Jr., is the latest woman to publicly accuse the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault. In an essay published on the Huffington Post Monday, Ladd claims Cosby drugged and raped her while she was living in New York City in 1969 - the same year Cosby allegedly assaulted Joan Tarshis. "I met Bill Cosby while working in New York for the late film producer Ray Stark," Ladd writes. "I was a 21-year-old single woman in the world’s most exciting city.
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Former Hollywood Exec Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

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Former Hollywood Exec Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault
Bill Cosby's list of alleged victims continues to grow. Cindra Ladd, a former entertainment executive and wife of Hollywood producer Alan Ladd Jr., is the latest woman to publicly accuse the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault. In an essay published on the Huffington Post Monday, Ladd claims Cosby drugged and raped her while she was living in New York City in 1969 - the same year Cosby allegedly assaulted Joan Tarshis. "I met Bill Cosby while working in New York for the late film producer Ray Stark," Ladd writes. "I was a 21-year-old single woman in the world’s most exciting city.
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